A Paper Artist’s Home Has an Envy-Inducing Art and Textile Collection

updated Jan 17, 2020

A Paper Artist’s Home Has an Envy-Inducing Art and Textile Collection

updated Jan 17, 2020
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Name: Sharlene Kayne, Kevin Dorse, one daughter in college, and one daughter that visits from NYC; dogs Rosie and Barlie; and cats Eloise, Tuco, and Phoebe
Location: La Canada, California
Size: 4,500 square feet
Years lived in: 11 years, owned

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Walking into this home you immediately know that an artist lives here. Eclectic mixes of patterns, materials, and colors all perfectly meld together into making one perfectly cohesive creative home. Although the home and style is constantly changing, something Sharlene likes to call “evolutionary” design, I have no doubt that whatever it changes into it’s always full of life and vibrancy… and of course is animal-friendly.

Sharlene says, “Kevin and I met in Miami where we were both living. Four years later we moved to Los Angeles, which immediately felt like home. We raised our two daughters here (one currently in college and the other doing post-graduate work). The other family members include two dogs, Rosie and Barley, and three cats, Eloise, Tuco, and Phoebe.

I am a self-taught artist, specializing in torn handmade-paper collages. I also have a passion for design, which includes moving furniture, pillows, and throws around on the daily.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: An eclectic mix of old and new, neutral and color, organic and straight lines, high and low, and some art mixed in. That about covers it.

Inspiration: Endless! Museums, art galleries, flea markets, store display windows, Pinterest, Instagram…

Favorite Element: The character of our 92-year-old home. (Calvin Coolidge was president when our house was built in 1927)! I love the high ceilings, the arches, the hand-painted entryway ceiling, the master bedroom barrel ceiling, and the oversized windows. I also love all the trees surrounding us here at the foothills of Angeles National Forest.

Biggest Challenge: Pulling it all together! I practice what I call “evolutionary” design, in that I generally don’t have a set plan of design (that I stick to anyway). I add layer after layer, piece by piece over time until it’s done. But since I change my mind so often, it’s almost never done!

What Friends Say: “Your home is so YOU!” (I take that as a compliment)!

Biggest Embarrassment: The un-renovated master bath has a landline phone… that’s making a comeback, right??

Proudest DIY: Pulling it all together! I’m also proud to display my artwork, especially since each piece is really a labor of love.

Biggest Indulgence: Art and antiques. As an artist, I really appreciate the uniqueness and individuality of each art piece.

Best Advice: Fill your house with things that make you happy. Be authentic in your design, and don’t worry about what other people might think.

Dream Sources: In reading over my sources, apparently it’s Etsy and flea markets!


Dunn Edwards — White Heat throughout house
Accent Wall Art Room Alcove — Farrow and Ball Pink Ground
Accent Wall Master Bedroom — Dunn Edwards Black Bean
Powder Room — Venetian Plaster

Vintage Rugs — Etsy
Metal Figural Sculpture — Rose Bowl Flea Market. It was $20 because it is missing the head. (If it had the head, I wouldn’t have bought it)!
Pearly Queen Art — Ann Carrington, a birthday gift to me from Kevin. (But yes, I did give plenty of hints!)
Channel Art — Melrose Trading Post Flea Market

Jute Rugs — World Market (I couldn’t find a rug big enough, so I sewed 3 of the 5×7′ rugs together)
Art — 1stdibs, @cestesdesign, Melrose Trading Post Flea Market, Rose Bowl Flea Market, Etsy
Vases — West Elm
Most of the furniture pieces are antiques, which we started purchasing shortly after we were married.

Vintage Flokati Rugs — Etsy
Art — Homeowner Sharlene Kayne
Sconces — Modern Komfort

Lighting — Etsy
Washstand and Sink — waterworks Fly Art — Homeowner Sharlene Kayne
Hermes Art — Melrose Flea Market

Abraham Lincoln painting done by Sharlene’s mom
Balls on wall — Artist in Bergamot Station made from street sweeping materials and his grandmother’s buttons.

Hermes Art – Melrose Trading Post Flea Market
Graphite Art — Agelio Batle
Mid-Century Buffet — MIDCENTURYLA
Vintage Rug — Etsy
Ivory Rug — World Market

Sectional — Restoration Hardware
Coffee Table — Brought back from Paris

Brass Plant Rings — Norwegian wood
Linen Curtains — Pottery Barn
Fiber Art — Rose Bowl Flea Market
Console — West Elm
TV — Samsung The Frame 4K

Linen Drapes — Pottery Barn
Platform Bed — Urban Outfitters
Floor Lamp — Cleveland Art (It’s made from recycled conveyor belt parts.)
Vintage Kilim Pillows — Etsy
Wicker Basket — World Market

Vintage Kilim Pillows — Etsy
Bed cover (Temoayan Blanket) — L’Aviva Home
Vintage Rug — Etsy

Sconces — Modern Komfort
Vintage Boucherouite Rug — Etsy
Mirror — Serena & Lily
Danish End Tables — Etsy

Thanks, Sharlene and Kevin and all your furry friends, too!

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